March 15, 2016
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One-on-One Consultations

Do you need assistance with career services, finding funding, developing an IDP or have questions but don't know whom to ask or where to go? Click here to schedule a One-on-One consultation with Kim Patton.

ND Calendar & Events

For a full listing of events on the Notre Dame campus for the week of March 14, 2016 - click here.

Academic iNDex

  • A secure, easily accessible, online repository for your academic and professional information
  • An index of your publications, presentations, grants, work history, and other academic achievements
  • A resource for identifying scholars eligible for specific grant and fellowship opportunities
  • A tool to quickly create personalized CVs, resume, lists of publication or presentations, and more
For more information about Academic iNDex and how to use it, click here.

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)


The NPA is a member-driven organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. Since 2003, they have taken on the ambitious agenda to enhance the quality of the postdoctoral experience in the US. They have assumed a leadership role in addressing the many issues confronting the postdoctoral community that are national in scope and requiring action beyond the local level. 

  • The University of Notre Dame is a sustaining member of the NPA.
  • ND Postdocs can join the NPA for free.
  • Learn about the benefits of a NPA membership here.
For more information about the NPA and to become a member, click here.

Versatile PhD - Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Discover interesting career paths as an alternative to the faculty track
  • Join a large community of post-academics to consult about your situation and the versatility of your PhD, MA, or postdoctoral appointment
  • Read job listings appropriate for postdocs
  • Network with successful post-academic PhDs nationwide
For more information about Versatile PhD and how to use it, click here.

Spotlight Jobs of the Week
Positive Productivity Points
GPS for Mind, Body & Soul
Social Media

Postdoc Corner
Coming Down From the Clouds: On Academic Writing 

by Johann N. Neem for The Chronicle of Higher Education

On February 11, a team of scientists announced that they had recorded the sound made by two black holes colliding. Despite all the noise in the universe, their sensitive equipment found evidence of ripples in space-time, a core element in Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. It was an amazing testament both to the power of the human imagination and to the daily work of basic scientific research. It took decades of painstaking effort, and the commitment of scientists who spent their careers seeking to understand something most of us did not even know was being studied. One of those scholars, the Cal Tech physicist Kip Thorne, commented in The New York Times: "It's as though we had only seen the ocean's surface on a calm day but had never seen it roiled in a storm, with crashing waves."

Intrigued by his remark, I looked up some of Thorne's scholarly articles. I have a Ph.D. in history, but I was almost a geology major and I've always appreciated scientific research. Yet I must admit, I could not make sense of his scholarly writing. It was filled with jargon and formulae.

Click here to read the full article by Neem.

Taking the Family With You on a Fellowship

by Kristen Ghodsee for Chronicle Vitae

Seared in my mind is the memory of the February day in 2006 when I received my award letter for a much-coveted fellowship in the social sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study. My daughter had just turned four, and I was a recently divorced single mother with a former partner living 5,000 miles away. I cried tears of joy at being accepted, followed by tears of sadness for having to turn it down. This was the opportunity of a lifetime, but I couldn't move because - after months of desperate searching - I'd finally found a decent child-care center for my daughter. -

Click here to read the full article by Ghodsee.

The ND Postdoc Newsletter wants to share your research or article you have written with the ND Postdoc Community.  If you would like to submit an article for the newsletter, please email Kim Patton.

Career Services
Stay Inside the Lines

In any Ph.D. job search, if there is an application process, you should read the instructions before you do anything, writes Natalie Lundsteen. You should take your time, be thoughtful and follow directions.

Click here to read the full article by Lundsteen. 

Paving a New (Metaphorical) Path to Success
It's comforting that the journey that many of us take through graduate school, while undeniably difficult, is well trodden. The signposts are clear: admittance, course work, comps, research proposal, thesis writing, defense and graduation. The path can vary, depending on the institution and discipline (and often teaching, service, conferences and the like are interspersed throughout) but, over all, it is well paved. The signposts in the next phase -- postdoc, junior faculty and beyond -- are also clear, at least on the surface.

Click here to read the full article by McAnallen. 

International Postdocs
Tax Assistance Program

The Notre Dame/Saint Mary's College Tax Assistance Program (TAP) offers free tax return preparation services to international visitors. All international visitors in F-1 or J-1 status MUST file a tax return, even if they earned no income during 2015.    
Tax services to international clients are by appointment only. Due to the many variables in international client tax situations, all international visitors are required to use the online Appointment Scheduling Process (ASP) to schedule their appointments. The ASP will guide tax clients to the preparer best suited to assist in their tax return preparations.

For more information on how to make an appointment, forms, etc., click here

Events and Workshops 
Shamrock Shindig 

Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars and your fellow ND Postdocs at the Shamrock Shindig.
  • Date: March 17, 2016
  • Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Location: Rohr's, inside Morris Inn (map)
  • Spouses/Significant others of Postdocs are welcome to attend
  • Register here to let us know you will be coming
Free appetizers for all!  Free drink ticket to ND Postdocs who wear their ND Postdoc GreenT-Shirt.  Don't have the green ND Postdoc T-Shirt? Email the ND Postdoc Office.  We hope to see you there!

Pathways to Life Science Industry
You are invited to attend the following webinars sponsored by the Keck Graduate Institute.

March 16, 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. PST (12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. EST)
  • Careers in the Life Science Industry
    • Steve Casper, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Applied Life Sciences
    • Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, CA

April 6, 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. PST (12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. EST)
  • Professional Development for Scientists: Tacit Knowledge and Current Events
    • James Sterling, Ph.D., Director of the Postdoctoral Professional Master's Program
    • Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, CA

Material Characterization Workshop Series - ND Energy
You are invited to attend the following Materials Characterization workshops. The workshops are designed to provide fundamental technical principles and practical sample preparation and measurement tips required to acquire high quality data from these instruments. Each workshop will begin with a presentation by Dr. Ian Lightcap, Senior Scientist and Facility Manager, with plenty of time for questions and answers. In the afternoon, instrument time will be available to run user samples in order to practice sample prep skills, as well as data acquisition and analysis. If you are interested in attending any of the workshops described below and would like to bring samples, please RSVP to Dr. Lightcap at least three days before the workshop.

Raman Spectroscopy 
Click here to learn more about the workshop series.

Funding Opportunties

ND Energy offers competitive fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral research associates to conduct energy-related research at Notre Dame. These fellowships support new advancements in energy technologies, while broadening the educational experiences for students and postdocs receiving these awards. If you are interested in energy-related research and would like to apply for a postdoc fellowship, please click on the appropriate link below. For Postdocs, the applications will be accepted year round. 

Click here for the ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship Program application guidelines.

Information is also available via the Funding Opportunities Webpage with an ND Net ID and Password required. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Barbara Villarosa (574-631-4776).

Professional Development
Graduate School Professional Development Programs
All postdocs may take professional development programs from the Graduate School. 

Tuesday, March 15th
  • Presentation Zen
    • 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM 
    • ND Room, LaFortune Student Center 
  • Talk Money To Me: Budgeting Workshop
    • 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM 
    • McNeill Room, 116 LaFortune Student Center
Tuesday, March 22nd
  • Difficult Conversations
    • 04:00 PM - 04:55 PM 
    • 112 Pasquerilla Center
Wednesday, March 23rd
  • (In)Civility In Academic Spaces 
    • 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM 
    • Webinar  from the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
For workshop descriptions and registration instructions, please click here.

Workshops from the Kaneb Center
Are you interested in learning more about discipline-specific teaching and learning in the university setting?  The university offers workshops on university teaching and learning in various fields through the Kaneb Center!  Consider enrolling in one of the workshops.

For workshop descriptions, click here.  

Workshops from the NCFDD
The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity is an independent professional development, training and mentoring community of over 71,000 graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members. The NCDFF is 100% dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers.  They offer on-campus workshops, professional development training, and intensive mentoring programs.

The University of Notre Dame is an institutional member of the NCFDD. Through Notre Dame's membership, ND Postdocs may claim an Institutional Sub-account Membership at no cost and enjoy all the benefits of a NCFDD Individual Membership.  Register here to join NCFDD.

For a list of the Spring 2016 webinars, click here.

Hesburgh Libraries Workshops
The Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship workshops are offered to all ND Postdocs.
Hesburgh Libraries Workshops

Tuesday, March 15th
  • Mendeley: Organize your citations and research literature
    • 5:00 PM - 06:15 PM 
    • 247 Hesburgh Library

Click here for this week's list of workshops.

All CDS workshops take place in the CDS Classroom (Room 129), Hesburgh Library 1st Floor Northeast.

Wednesday, March 23rd
  • Intro to Stata
    • 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
CDS Workshop Information and Registration:  library.nd.edu/cds/workshops
Library Workshop Calendar: nd.libcal.com/calendar/allworkshops
Questions? cds@nd.edu


English for Academic Purposes Workshops
The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures' English for Academic Purposes program offers workshops that are open to all ND Postdocs.


PhD Humor

The views and opinions expressed in the media, articles, and comments included in this newsletter are solely the views and expressions of the original sources' authors and contributors, and do not necessarily represent those of the University of Notre Dame, The Graduate School, or the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars.